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Alimony

A Close Look at Alimony Legislation Pending in Massachusetts
When it comes to alimony law, reform and improvement have been sorely needed in Massachusetts for some time. ...

Alimony in a Changing Landscape
The alimony landscape in Massachusetts is changing and causing confusion for divorce mediators, lawyers, and their clients. ...

Alimony in Georgia
When you say the word "alimony", the first thing that comes to mind is divorce. ...

Alimony In Massachusetts- Is It Predictable?
Alimony, as a key factor to be determined in many divorce actions. It is an emotionally charged word and concept. Just mention the word alimony in passing and the responses are swift and diverse. ...

Alimony Modification: Re-marriage and Georgia's "Live-In" Lover Statute
Although there are several grounds for ending alimony, one of the most common is ...

Alimony or No Alimony - That Can Be The Question
Alimony or no alimony -- that can be the question. Is it better to take a larger chunk of the assets up front, or to take a smaller share ...

Alimony Reform in New Jersey
Divorce is one of the biggest hurdles of life. Children, parents, extended families, and finances are thrown into disarray. Lawmakers in New Jersey feel it is time to lessen the financial blow. ...

Defending Against Alimony Reduction/Termination Motions
Every ex hates to pay alimony, especially in these hard economic times. Most people in New Jersey ...

Georgia's Factors for Determining Alimony
There are several misconceptions about the award of alimony in a divorce case ...

Lump Sum Alimony vs. Periodic Alimony
According to Georgia law, alimony is defined as "an allowance out of one party's ...

New Alimony Laws Arrive in Massachusetts
On March 1, 2012, a new era dawns in the history of alimony law. Responding to varied groups advocating, even demanding, change, long-awaited reform ...

Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota
Spousal maintenance awards can be difficult to predict, because there are no Guidelines, as with child support ...

Spousal Support/Alimony in New Jersey
Spousal Support (formerly Alimony) is one of the most difficult issues for many divorcing couples to resolve ...

Child Support

Child Support - Why Don't People Pay
One of the goals of a good mediator is to make sure the final child support amount is decided up and agreed to by both parents. ...

Child Support and Life Insurance-Supporting Your Children After Death
Many couples choose to secure their support obligations through life insurance ...

Child Support Modification in Georgia
In Georgia, child support orders may be modified upon a showing of a substantial change in either parent's income ...

FERPA and College Contribution
New Jersey divorced parents who help pay for their child's college education are now legally entitled to review their child's grades/transcript. ...

Imputing Income for Child Support in New Jersey
It is quite common for the income of one parent - particularly a father - to plummet when marital warfare breaks out. ...

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines
The new Child Support Guidelines of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts represent a substantive change. You may request a modification of orders which are three or more years old without demonstrating a change in circumstances. ...

Modification of Child Support and/or Alimony After the Loss of a Job in Georgia
With the state of the economy in the United States today, it is not uncommon to hear that more and more people are losing their jobs ...

New Jersey Child Support Overview
Children are the innocent victims of divorce. They become the center of battles over child custody, support, and visitation and face losing the only lifestyle ...

Penalties For Not Paying Child Support in Georgia: License Revocation
Licensing agencies in Georgia can revoke or suspend someone's license if he or she is in arrears behind in paying child support for a period of more than sixty days ...

What Constitutes Full-Time College Enrollment/Attendance?
The connection between emancipation and what constitutes full time college enrollment/attendance was recently explored in the ...

Children

50/50 Parenting Plans
A lot of people come to divorce mediation thinking that they want a 50/50 parenting plan ...

Are Children's Voices Heard by Separating and Divorcing Parents?
I don't want to divorce my children. Not uncommonly, parental discussions on divorce begin ...

Blended Families: Protecting Children the Second Time Around
An increasing number of remarrying couples are turning to prenuptial agreements to protect their children in the event of death, even divorce. ...

Co-Parenting
To have a successful co-parenting relationship, one that is healthy for the children, each parent must allow the other freedom to parent in his or her own way. ...

Co-Parenting After a Divorce-Tips from a Mediator
Co-parenting starts the day the decision is made to divorce has been made ...

Custody And Visitation - What Do Those Words Actually Mean, In Layman's Terms?
Custody and Visitation are legal terms. When discussing parenting, first decide what is best for your kids ...

Custody Evaluations (Minnesota)
Minnesota statutes provide that: "In contested custody proceedings . . . the court may order an investigation and report concerning custodial arrangements ...

Custody of Children Born Out of Wedlock in Minnesota
In Minnesota, the determination of custody for children born out of wedlock is no different than the determination of custody for children of marriage ...

FERPA and College Contribution
New Jersey divorced parents who help pay for their child's college education are now legally entitled to review their child's grades/transcript. ...

Georgia Child Custody
Many people assume that the mother automatically receives custody of the minor children in a divorce ...

Grandparent Visitation Rights in New Jersey
The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren has become increasingly complex over the past few decades. More and more ...

How A Custody Case Can Be Lost In 7 Easy Steps
As a family law attorney who regularly represents mothers and fathers in contested divorce trials ...

Legal Custody in Minnesota
In Minnesota, custody is defined in terms of legal custody and physical custody. The scope of this article is legal custody. ...

Mediation with the Children in Mind:The Role of the Parenting Coordinator
To help ensure compliance with parenting plans and to assist with any problems that arise the court may appoint a Parenting Coordinator ...

Modification of Physical Custody in Minnesota
A Court may not change physical custody from one parent to the other unless the change is in the best interests of the child ...

Parenting Plan Tune-Ups
Is your parenting plan still working or does your parenting plan need a tune-up? ...

Parenting Plans
How do you create a parenting plan with someone you no longer want to be around? ...

Parenting Plans and Child Custody Arrangements in New Jersey
Parenting plans / Child Custody can vary from highly flexible to highly detailed and any points in-between ...

Parenting Plans in Minnesota
Minnesota litigants have had the option of stipulating to a "Parenting Plan" in lieu of a traditional custody award ...

Parenting Plans-Parenting after Divorce
Parenting after divorce often presents challenges to divorcing couples that neither parent imagined ...

Parenting Time (a/k/a Visitation) in Minnesota
The general rule is that parenting time (visitation) is mandatory. Typical parentint time schedules and modification of parenting time ...

Post Separation Suggestions For Custodial Parents
You have no power to control what happens when your child spends time with the other parent. Your attitude toward these visits, however can influence the emotional tone of the visits ...

Post Separation Suggestions For Non Custodial Parents
It is important that you, as the non-custodial parent, establish a consistent way to maintain contact with your child ...

Teacher Conferences Important to Divorced or Divorcing Parents
When parents are going through a divorce or are divorced, usually one of them has little knowledge about what is happening in their child's classroom ...

The Importance of Temporary Custody in Minnesota
In cases where the issue of custody is contested, there is often an initial hearing where the Court decides issues of custody ...

The Standard for Determining Physical Custody in Minnesota
As in many areas of family law, the standard applied by the Court in making an initial award of physical custody is the so-called "best interest of the child" ...

What Constitutes Full-Time College Enrollment/Attendance?
The connection between emancipation and what constitutes full time college enrollment/attendance was recently explored in the ...

Collaborative Process

Balancing Advocacy and Neutrality: A Touchstone of Collaborative Practice
My collaborative cases are generally very satisfying. As I experience each collaborative case, I think about ...

Collaborative Divorce - A Kinder, Gentler Divorce
Everyone has their horror stories about the divorce process. ...

Collaborative Law: A Safe Container of Mediation and Advocacy
Now with collaborative practice growing in the U.S ...

Collaborative Law: The Magic of Counterpart Counsel
The crucial feature of collaborative law is conventionally thought to be the commitment not to litigate the case ...

Collaborative Negotiation
A new approach is sweeping the nation as an alternative to litigation ...

Collaborative Practice: A Marriage to the Divorce
The transformative nature of the process is created by several features ...

Mediation-Collaborative Law-Litigation-What does it all mean?
Several options are available when considering how to proceed with a divorce. There are three general approaches to resolving ...

Taking the War Out of Our Words: Sharon Ellison's "Powerful Non-Defensive Communication" Workshop
Intrigued by the title of the workshop and feeling that I needed to work on my skills in managing effective communication ...

What Collaborative Counsel Does for the Collaborative Client
Collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution for divorcing couples who prefer not to endure litigation ...

Why Add a Neutral Process Coach to a Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce combines several elements of the divorce process into an effective whole. The result is, in general, a divorce that is more closely tailored ...

Why do I need a case information statement in a collaborative divorce?
Every family law attorney knows that a case information statement (CIS) is the most important document in any divorce matter. ...

Divorce

A Good Time for Divorce Mediation
Now is a good time to start divorce mediation. People often ask us ...

A Litigant's Primer to Divorce Litigation
The same thought process you used to think about entering your marriage is what you should use to determine the end of your marriage. ...

Aliens and Divorce - Overcoming Marriage Fraud
An attempt to gain resident status without a bona fide marriage is marriage fraud. Lawyers must consider the special needs of aliens in divorce ...

Alimony in a Changing Landscape
The alimony landscape in Massachusetts is changing and causing confusion for divorce mediators, lawyers, and their clients. ...

Are Children's Voices Heard by Separating and Divorcing Parents?
I don't want to divorce my children. Not uncommonly, parental discussions on divorce begin ...

Attorneys Fees in a Georgia Divorce
You can be awarded attorney's fees in a divorce, but the award of attorney's fees is ultimately decided ...

Best Divorce
What is the cheapest way to get divorced? The most expensive way? The best way? ...

Common Law Marriage in Georgia
Common law marriage is a marriage recognized in some states even when there has been no official ...

Cost Issues in Divorce Mediation vs. Litigation
The right mediator offers essential benefits while keeping costs reasonable and responsible ...

Dirty Divorce Tricks
Forget What the Papers Say, I'll Do This or That. There are various manifestations of this dirty trick such as sign the papers giving me custody ...

Divorce And COBRA
If you have been on your spouses' health insurance policy during your marriage, you will most likely not be able ...

Divorce During the Holidays
Sometimes couples who are divorced or divorcing feel additional stress this time of year. Families may have had long-established holiday rituals ...

Divorce v. Legal Separation: A Colorado Perspective
Legal Separation & Being "Legally Separated"- Legal Meanings ...

Divorcing Baby Boomers
From Maria Shiver and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al and Tipper Gore, the celebrity divorced set, to demographers' estimation of the significan ...

Do I Have To Go To Court To Finalize My Divorce In Georgia?
It may seem unusual, but each judge in a certain county handles final divorce hearings very differently ...

Documents to Keep After Your Divorce is Final
Once your divorce is final, we recommend that you keep certain documents, especially if you are receiving ...

Filing For A Divorce In Georgia When I Do Not Know Where My Spouse Lives
We have received several calls from women and men in which they want to file for divorce, but they are not sure where their spouse resides. ...

Five realities About Prenuptial Agreements-Why Having One May Be a Bad Choice for Your Marriage
Recently many articles have been appearing on the internet extolling the virtues of entering into a prenuptial or premarital agreement ...

Five Ways to Save Time and Money in Your Divorce
Here are five tips that can help you navigate around some of the worst consequences of a marital dissolution ...

Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey
In order to file for a divorce in New Jersey, either spouse must have been a resident of the State for at least one year prior to the filing of the action. ...

How a Divorce Lawyer Can Help A Marriage
My divorce practice has been transitioning - from a practice that helps people get divorces, to (at times) a practice that helps people stay married ...

How Much Does Divorce Cost?
Paying a lot of money for a divorce is the last thing you probably want to do. And with good reason. Divorce doesn't have to be expensive. ...

How Neutral Transactional Attorneys Can Provide Value in Consensual Divorces
Many divorces are resolved through consensual, out-of-court resolutions. Most divorce cases ultimately resolve by agreement, either before or after the start of litigation. ...

How To Be A Good Client
Essentially, the best way to save on your legal expenses is to be a good client. If you and your attorney have agreed on a course of action, plan, or theory of the case, do not change direction, take any unilateral action ...

How to Find a Good Mediator
You want a divorce. And you want to mediate. Other than the decision to divorce itself, there is no single more important decision than hiring the right mediator for you. ...

How to Prepare for Divorce After the Holidays
The holidays can be a stressful time for families struggling with the idea of separation and divorce. ...

How To Win - Why Litigation May Not Be The Best Choice
Most of the work of a lawyer is to help a client achieve his or her goals in the most sensible and effective way, and at the least cost ...

Immigration & Divorce
Each year, more than 400,000 citizens of the United States marry foreign-born persons and petition for them to obtain permanent residence in the U.S ...

Irreconcilable Differences New Jersey's Version of a No-Fault Divorce
This new ground for divorce further allows either husband or wife to file a complaint for divorce without any specific reason ...

Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
Divorce Mediation sounds like a great alternative to litigation, but is it for everyone? We often talk about the advantages ...

Is the Divorce Rate Really 50%?
How many of your friends and family are divorced? Is it every other marriage? Not for.. ...

Is the GPS Tracking of a Cheating Spouse an Invasion of Privacy?
Can I track my cheating ex-wife with a GPS or some other type of hi-tech gizmo? ...

Maine's Family Law Case Management System
You should have an attorney if your case involves child custody issues or alimony, or disputes over business interests ...

Matrimonial Jurisdiction for Aliens
There are many matrimonial situations in which New York Courts have extended jurisdiction to aliens. Many of these issues were directly addressed in the case of Coran v. Coran, ...

Mediation-Collaborative Law-Litigation-What does it all mean?
Several options are available when considering how to proceed with a divorce. There are three general approaches to resolving ...

New Jersey Divorce Info
In order to file for a divorce in New Jersey, either ...

New Jersey Divorce Procedure
The filing of a divorce complaint starts the divorce case. A complaint for divorce is filed in the county in which the plaintiff lived ...

New Jersey Divorce Related Issues
Alimony, child support, child care, child custody, parenting plans, property settlelments, equitable distribution ...

New Jersey Post Divorce Issues
Many people make the mistake that once their divorce is over, that their family court problems are over. This is a very big misconception. ...

Prenups-Don't Lawyer Up, Mediate!
There have been many articles on The Huffington Post and elsewhere touting the benefits of prenuptial agreements, ...

Preparing For Divorce
A person considering divorce should be as prepared and informed as possible ...

Retirement and Divorce
If you've decided to divorce after 30 years of marriage, you might be feeling alone. ...

Same Sex Divorce: The Law is Not Equal
Jane and Alice were not surprised that their divorce, as their relationship, was governed by different rules. They had struggled for years with restrictions and limitations that their straight friends did not face. ...

Servicemember's Guide to Divorce in Virginia
Are you a servicemember who is contemplating a divorce or separation from your spouse? Educate yourself as to Virginia's divorce laws before starting the process. ...

Strange Divorce Laws
Everyone knows that getting a divorce is a hard process to go through. In different states people have run into strange and quirky ...

Ten Golden Rules For Completing Colorado Divorce
Based upon our experience as Colorado professional mediators in working with many such couples, we offer our "Ten Golden Rules For Completing Colorado Divorce and Family Law Forms ...

The Bee in Your Bonnet Syndrome: You May Not Need to Go Down tht Divorce Chute
My job is to sort through the wreckage of a marriage to help clients find a ...

The Dilemma of Health Insurance after Divorce
The key to understanding the insurance dilemma facing divorced spouses is to look at long term solutions ...

The Enforcement of Mediation Agreements
Mediation is all of the rage in family court these days. However, in my professional opinion mediation ...

The Intersection of Divorce Law and Mediation
If you filed for divorce, can you still do mediation? If you go through divorce mediation, do you still need a lawyer? We commonly hear these questions from potential clients. And the answers, for the most part, are.. ...

The Value of a Pre-Nuptial Agreement
A of premarital agreements helps minimize the controversy, conflict, and stress of a divorce a couple could potentially be involved in later. ...

Thinking of a Do It Yourself Divorce? Better Think Again
Go the DIY route and your agreement will have more holes in it than Swiss cheese. ...

What Happens in a Divorce in Georgia?
While we spend a lot of time in our blog talking about various divorce sub-topics in Georgia, most people coming into our office at the very beginning ...

What if Your Lawyer-Driven Divorce Has Gotten Out of Hand
You've decided to divorce and ll the attorneys seem to do is fight and you're not getting any closer to being finished. ...

What is a "Surgical Divorce" and How to Get One?
Many of the people who come to see me about getting a divorce have minimal disputes with their soon-to-be former spouse. They may have worked out most (or even all) issues with their spouse. ...

What Is The Difference Between A Contested And Uncontested Divorce?
If you are thinking about filing for divorce and you contact an attorney, one of the first questions they will ask you ...

What to Do When You Can't Afford Your Divorce
As you've probably heard from friends and colleagues, the divorce process can be very expensive ...

What to Do When Your Spouse Won't Leave
What are my options when my spouse refuses to move out ...

When Divorce Means Re-entering the Job Market
In working with divorcing couples, reemployment of an "at-home" spouse is a recurring theme ...

When Words go to Court
When mediators and family lawyers reduce their clients' understandings to writing, the words they choose ...

Why Add a Neutral Process Coach to a Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce combines several elements of the divorce process into an effective whole. The result is, in general, a divorce that is more closely tailored ...

Why do I need a case information statement in a collaborative divorce?
Every family law attorney knows that a case information statement (CIS) is the most important document in any divorce matter. ...

Why I Love Divorce Mediation
Not every client getting divorced chooses mediation, but for those who do, the choice is almost always a wise one. ...

Why You Need Domestic Violence Representation
This article is meant to alert you to the real dangers of proceeding with the Final Restraining Order [FRO] trial without an attorney ...

Your Judgment Arrived and It is Not Good
The final judgment appeared in your mailbox. You opened the judgment, read the contents, and realized the result was far worse than anything you imagined ...

Financial

Attorneys Fees in a Georgia Divorce
You can be awarded attorney's fees in a divorce, but the award of attorney's fees is ultimately decided ...

Can You Afford to Get Divorced?
Can you afford to go through the process of separating and can you afford to live on your own? ...

Child Support and Life Insurance-Supporting Your Children After Death
Many couples choose to secure their support obligations through life insurance ...

Deductibility of Legal Fees Related to a Divorce
Although generally you cannot deduct legal fees you have incurred in obtaining a divorce, there are several exceptions ...

Defending Against Alimony Reduction/Termination Motions
Every ex hates to pay alimony, especially in these hard economic times. Most people in New Jersey ...

Divorce and Retirement
Divorce mediators always have to consider a couple's retirement assets like pensions, IRAs 401ks, when helping couples ...

Equitable Division of Marital Property in Georgia
In an equitable division state, each party receives an "equitable portion" of the marital estate but that does not necessarily mean that each party is entitled to exactly one-half ...

Estate Planning and Divorce
Married individuals who are considering divorce should review their estate plans to determine if they remain appropriate in light of the possible divorce ...

Family Law and the New Bankruptcy Code
There are several major changes that the new bankruptcy code hereinafter referred to as the BACPA has made on the practice of family law ...

FERPA and College Contribution
New Jersey divorced parents who help pay for their child's college education are now legally entitled to review their child's grades/transcript. ...

Financial Challenges in Divorce Mediation
A divorce mediator can make the subject of finances a much easier topic by virtue of providing a non-judging and safe arena to air financial concerns ...

Financial Issues Of Divorce
Few things in life can change your financial outlook as much as a divorce proceeding. ...

Gifts and Loans in New Jersey Divorce
No. N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23 specifically excludes from equitable distribution all gifts received by either spouse from a third party. The third ...

How do you handle credit card accounts during a divorce?
First, it is important to cancel all joint accounts immediately once you know you are going to obtain a divorce. ...

Hunting for Hidden Assets in Your Divorce Case
What should you do if you suspect your spouse is hiding information? The short answer is ...

Inheritances and Divorce in New Jersey
In most instances inheritances are not subject to equitable distribution in a divorce case. The "black letter" answer to this question is that all property, ...

Joint Debts and Divorce
In a divorce, it is common for the parties to have join debt. While there is a lot of focus on dividing up the assets ...

Lower Cost Divorce
Divorce mediation is a lower-cost alternative to litigation ...

Mediation and Financial Security for Families
Planning for a family's continued financial security is part of every mediated divorce ...

Mediation and Tax Issues in Divorce
It is tax season again which makes us think about all the tax issues that we raise in divorce mediation. ...

New Jersey Equitable Distribution Overview
Equitable Distribution is defined as the fair, but not necessarily equal ...

Prenups-Don't Lawyer Up, Mediate!
There have been many articles on The Huffington Post and elsewhere touting the benefits of prenuptial agreements, ...

Property and Debt Allocation in Minnesota Divorce
In Minnesota, all property acquired during the marriage by either party is presumed to be marital property. This means that earnings and ...

Splitting up the Money in Divorce Mediation
During divorce mediation, we can help the couple develop a feasible division of their assets and debts that is fair and equitable. ...

Stock Options and Divorce in Massachusetts
Under Massachusetts divorce law, stock options are, generally speaking, treated as marital property ...

Treatment of Disability Pay in Military Divorce
A proper understanding of the issues surrounding military disability retired pay and VA disability compensation is important in most military divorce cases ...

What is a Marital Asset?
Divorce mediation allows you to divide up your marital assets according to your needs post-divorce. But what is a marital asset? ...

Where There's A Will - Why It's Better to See An Attorney about a Will
Many individuals ponder over whether to make an appointment to consult an attorney when all they want to do is to have a will and other estate planning documents prepared ...

Yours, Mine, and Ours - Financial Challenges of Second Marriages
There are essentially financial issues summarized by ...

Getting Started

December Divorce
No one seems to want to think about divorce during the holidays ...

Divorce is the Solution
Divorce is the solution to a problem, not the problem itself. The problem is you are in an unhappy marriage and ...

Divorce Mediation vs Litigation. What Should a Stay at Home Mom Choose
So what are the differences between divorce mediation vs attorney? And how do you know which one is better for you and your kids ...

Divorce v. Legal Separation: A Colorado Perspective
Legal Separation & Being "Legally Separated"- Legal Meanings ...

Filing For A Divorce In Georgia When I Do Not Know Where My Spouse Lives
We have received several calls from women and men in which they want to file for divorce, but they are not sure where their spouse resides. ...

Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey
In order to file for a divorce in New Jersey, either spouse must have been a resident of the State for at least one year prior to the filing of the action. ...

How To Choose A Divorce Mediator
You want to avoid making bad decisions that will live to haunt you. Your spouse thinks mediation is worth considering ...

How to Find a Good Mediator
You want a divorce. And you want to mediate. Other than the decision to divorce itself, there is no single more important decision than hiring the right mediator for you. ...

How to Get a Divorce: Let me Count the Ways
When asked about the methods of getting a divorce, I find that most prospective clients think ...

Irreconcilable Differences New Jersey's Version of a No-Fault Divorce
This new ground for divorce further allows either husband or wife to file a complaint for divorce without any specific reason ...

Maine's Family Law Case Management System
You should have an attorney if your case involves child custody issues or alimony, or disputes over business interests ...

Mediation Can Help Reduce Arguments for Couples Forced to Live Together
We have been hearing a lot of stories lately about people who can't afford to get a divorce and are forced to live together ...

Mediation or Separation. Which Comes First
Many couples interested in divorce mediation ask us, "Is it better to separate first, then start mediation? Or should we mediate before we separate?" ...

New Jersey Divorce Procedure
The filing of a divorce complaint starts the divorce case. A complaint for divorce is filed in the county in which the plaintiff lived ...

Preparing For Divorce
A person considering divorce should be as prepared and informed as possible ...

REACT-The Five Factors for Finding Your Divorce Mediator
Say you have already decided to get divorced, and you know you need to hire a mediator. How do you find the divorce mediator that is best for you? ...

The Bee in Your Bonnet Syndrome: You May Not Need to Go Down tht Divorce Chute
My job is to sort through the wreckage of a marriage to help clients find a ...

What Happens in a Divorce in Georgia?
While we spend a lot of time in our blog talking about various divorce sub-topics in Georgia, most people coming into our office at the very beginning ...

What is a "Surgical Divorce" and How to Get One?
Many of the people who come to see me about getting a divorce have minimal disputes with their soon-to-be former spouse. They may have worked out most (or even all) issues with their spouse. ...

What Is The Difference Between A Contested And Uncontested Divorce?
If you are thinking about filing for divorce and you contact an attorney, one of the first questions they will ask you ...

Infidelity

Is the GPS Tracking of a Cheating Spouse an Invasion of Privacy?
Can I track my cheating ex-wife with a GPS or some other type of hi-tech gizmo? ...

Monkey Mind and Infidelity
There is a time in everyone's marriage when one spouse or the other is attracted to another person. ...

Mediation

5 Tips for Selecting a Divorce Mediator
Five tips to help you find the right mediator so you can achieve a successful divorce mediation ...

50/50 Parenting Plans
A lot of people come to divorce mediation thinking that they want a 50/50 parenting plan ...

A Good Time for Divorce Mediation
Now is a good time to start divorce mediation. People often ask us ...

A Hotly Contested Divorce Chills Out With Divorce Mediation
The key question, of course, is how would it ever be possible for a couple who had been embroiled for three years in an adversarial system ...

A Peaceful Divorce IS Possible
You do not have to go to war with your spouse because you are getting divorced. ...

Alimony in a Changing Landscape
The alimony landscape in Massachusetts is changing and causing confusion for divorce mediators, lawyers, and their clients. ...

Alimony In Massachusetts- Is It Predictable?
Alimony, as a key factor to be determined in many divorce actions. It is an emotionally charged word and concept. Just mention the word alimony in passing and the responses are swift and diverse. ...

Alimony or No Alimony - That Can Be The Question
Alimony or no alimony -- that can be the question. Is it better to take a larger chunk of the assets up front, or to take a smaller share ...

Another Benefit of Mediation is Stress Release
As divorce mediators, we are often promoting the benefits of divorce mediation over litigation ...

Are Children's Voices Heard by Separating and Divorcing Parents?
I don't want to divorce my children. Not uncommonly, parental discussions on divorce begin ...

Benefits of Divorce Mediation
While the concept of mediation may seem relatively new ...

Best Divorce
What is the cheapest way to get divorced? The most expensive way? The best way? ...

Blended Families: Protecting Children the Second Time Around
An increasing number of remarrying couples are turning to prenuptial agreements to protect their children in the event of death, even divorce. ...

Can You Afford to Get Divorced?
Can you afford to go through the process of separating and can you afford to live on your own? ...

Can You Have a Mediated Divorce If You Are Angry At Your Spouse?
Anger is a normal feeling to have during a divorce. In fact, if you didn't feel angry there would probably be something very wrong ...

Changing the Language of Divorce through Mediation
You've most likely seen an article or two on the importance of remembering your parental role during divorce and/or mediation proceedings ...

Child Support - Why Don't People Pay
One of the goals of a good mediator is to make sure the final child support amount is decided up and agreed to by both parents. ...

Choosing Divorce Mediation: Is Mediation Right for You?
Mediation clients, like the rest of the divorcing population, cannot be stereotyped ...

Collaborative Law: A Safe Container of Mediation and Advocacy
Now with collaborative practice growing in the U.S ...

Colorado's New Professional Mediator Status
Colorado CCMO "Guidelines-Qualified" and "Professional" Mediators ...

Co-Parenting After a Divorce-Tips from a Mediator
Co-parenting starts the day the decision is made to divorce has been made ...

Cost Issues in Divorce Mediation vs. Litigation
The right mediator offers essential benefits while keeping costs reasonable and responsible ...

Couples Facing Divorce After Long Term Marriage
For couples facing divorce in their late fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond ...

December Divorce
No one seems to want to think about divorce during the holidays ...

Divorce - Is A Peaceful One Possible?
Why does one word cause so much hatred, pain, loss of control ...

Divorce - It Can Bring Out the Worst in People
There is no way to eliminate the dramatic and complex emotions associated with a divorce ...

Divorce - The Fork In The Road: Which Way You Travel Is Important
Whenever we meet bumps in the road there is usually more than one path to choose. Many couples choose mediation ...

Divorce and Retirement
Divorce mediators always have to consider a couple's retirement assets like pensions, IRAs 401ks, when helping couples ...

Divorce During the Holidays
Sometimes couples who are divorced or divorcing feel additional stress this time of year. Families may have had long-established holiday rituals ...

Divorce For One, Please
What if only one half of the couple wants to get divorced? ...

Divorce Mediation - A Primer
Briefly describe the philosophy and procedures involved with divorce mediation ...

Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce, Which Way to Go?
What are the differences between divorce mediation and collaborative divorce and which works better? ...

Divorce Mediation vs Litigation. What Should a Stay at Home Mom Choose
So what are the differences between divorce mediation vs attorney? And how do you know which one is better for you and your kids ...

Divorce Mediation, Is It For You?
Separation and divorce are among the most painful and disruptive experiences an individual and family can face ...

Divorce Mediation: Cost Saving Process
Cost-conscientious clients view mediation as a means to proceed with divorce in a down market. After all, mediation offers them obvious cost-savings measures ...

Divorcing Baby Boomers
From Maria Shiver and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al and Tipper Gore, the celebrity divorced set, to demographers' estimation of the significan ...

Estate Planning and Divorce
Married individuals who are considering divorce should review their estate plans to determine if they remain appropriate in light of the possible divorce ...

Financial Challenges in Divorce Mediation
A divorce mediator can make the subject of finances a much easier topic by virtue of providing a non-judging and safe arena to air financial concerns ...

Government Involvement or Divorce Mediation? You Decide
The message we seem to be getting from Washington is that government can be a part of the solution, not the problem ...

Gray Divorce
Divorce among couples over 50 -- is becoming more common. According to research recently reported in The New York Times ...

High Conflict Divorce and Mediation
Are you a high conflict couple and don't think you can mediate? Think again. ...

How do you handle credit card accounts during a divorce?
First, it is important to cancel all joint accounts immediately once you know you are going to obtain a divorce. ...

How Does Mediation Work and How Much Will it Cost?
I begin work with people by identifying all of the unresolved issues. We have a detailed checklist that we go through ...

How It Really Works
It's natural to entertain a healthy skepticism regarding any newer and non-traditional divorce process. ...

How Mediation Works in 5 Easy Steps
You havee decided to learn more about the peaceful and cost-effective method of mediation.Here are 5 steps you and your spouse will take as you move through the divorce and mediation process. ...

How Much Does Divorce Cost?
Paying a lot of money for a divorce is the last thing you probably want to do. And with good reason. Divorce doesn't have to be expensive. ...

How Neutral Transactional Attorneys Can Provide Value in Consensual Divorces
Many divorces are resolved through consensual, out-of-court resolutions. Most divorce cases ultimately resolve by agreement, either before or after the start of litigation. ...

How To Choose A Divorce Mediator
You want to avoid making bad decisions that will live to haunt you. Your spouse thinks mediation is worth considering ...

How to Find a Good Mediator
You want a divorce. And you want to mediate. Other than the decision to divorce itself, there is no single more important decision than hiring the right mediator for you. ...

How To Win - Why Litigation May Not Be The Best Choice
Most of the work of a lawyer is to help a client achieve his or her goals in the most sensible and effective way, and at the least cost ...

Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
Divorce Mediation sounds like a great alternative to litigation, but is it for everyone? We often talk about the advantages ...

Is Mediation Right For You?
Individuals considering mediation frequently want to know whether or not they are appropriate mediation candidates ...

Is the Divorce Rate Really 50%?
How many of your friends and family are divorced? Is it every other marriage? Not for.. ...

It Takes a Village
I want my clients to get the best support possible when going through a divorce. This means rallying the village. ...

Keeping it Confidential: Mediation and Privacy
A mediator, by virtue of their professional relationship with a couple is bound by strict confidentiality ...

Keeping It Real: Mediation's Power in Spousal Maintenance Cases
Family and Divorce Mediation's Underestimated Power in Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) Planning ...

Legal Separation in Illinois - 3 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Perhaps you're not sure if divorce is right for you so you're considering legal separation. Learn more about this often misunderstood process. ...

Lower Cost Divorce
Divorce mediation is a lower-cost alternative to litigation ...

Mediating A Livable Divorce Agreement
During your divorce mediation, the ultimate goal is to obtain a written agreement that spells out all the aspects of your divorce ...

Mediation / Arbitration
There are many so-called "alternate dispute resolution" mechanisms available in Maine. Mediation with a court mediator is required in any family law matter before the case may go to trial. ...

Mediation and Domestic Violence
When there is a history of domestic violence, the couple's relationship changes and there is a shift in the power dynamic. ...

Mediation and Financial Security for Families
Planning for a family's continued financial security is part of every mediated divorce ...

Mediation and Tax Issues in Divorce
It is tax season again which makes us think about all the tax issues that we raise in divorce mediation. ...

Mediation Can Help Reduce Arguments for Couples Forced to Live Together
We have been hearing a lot of stories lately about people who can't afford to get a divorce and are forced to live together ...

Mediation Can Help You Deal With The Causes Of Divorce
Mediation, by nature and definition, bridges the emotional gulf that can exist between couples ...

Mediation in Minnesota
Some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution is now a mandatory requirement in any divorce proceeding in Minnesota ...

Mediation or Separation. Which Comes First
Many couples interested in divorce mediation ask us, "Is it better to separate first, then start mediation? Or should we mediate before we separate?" ...

Mediation to Stay Married-A Technique with Promise
Learn to Make Your Marriage Work ...

Mediation-Collaborative Law-Litigation-What does it all mean?
Several options are available when considering how to proceed with a divorce. There are three general approaches to resolving ...

Mediator Neutrality -- How is it possible?
There is always miscommunication between divorcing people, but a neutral mediator can help to improve the communication to make sure that you understand where the other is coming from, ...

Monkey Mind and Infidelity
There is a time in everyone's marriage when one spouse or the other is attracted to another person. ...

Obamacare and Divorce
Keeping health insurance coverage can often be a primary reason why couples choose NOT to get divorced. One spouse does not ...

Parenting
Sometimes when we are creating a parenting plan in divorce mediation, a divorcing couple ...

Parenting Plan Tune-Ups
Is your parenting plan still working or does your parenting plan need a tune-up? ...

Parenting Plans
How do you create a parenting plan with someone you no longer want to be around? ...

Parenting Plans-Parenting after Divorce
Parenting after divorce often presents challenges to divorcing couples that neither parent imagined ...

Post Divorce Mediation Tasks Can Make All the Difference
There are often things a divorcing couple must take care after divorce mediation. Often these items are a nuisance and the last thing you want to do ...

REACT-The Five Factors for Finding Your Divorce Mediator
Say you have already decided to get divorced, and you know you need to hire a mediator. How do you find the divorce mediator that is best for you? ...

Retirement and Divorce
If you've decided to divorce after 30 years of marriage, you might be feeling alone. ...

Same Sex Divorce: The Law is Not Equal
Jane and Alice were not surprised that their divorce, as their relationship, was governed by different rules. They had struggled for years with restrictions and limitations that their straight friends did not face. ...

Separation Without Divorce
For various reasons - health, health insurance, children, religion - many couples want to live separately from each other without getting divorced. ...

Specializing in Divorce Mediation
If you want to get divorced using divorce mediation then use a full-time mediator, not someone who dabbles in mediation. ...

Splitting up the Money in Divorce Mediation
During divorce mediation, we can help the couple develop a feasible division of their assets and debts that is fair and equitable. ...

Taking the Drama out of Divorce Through Mediation
If your divorce is highly charged with open anger and conflict you may want to go the mediation route because mediators are professionals at diffusing crisis ...

Ten Golden Rules For Completing Colorado Divorce
Based upon our experience as Colorado professional mediators in working with many such couples, we offer our "Ten Golden Rules For Completing Colorado Divorce and Family Law Forms ...

Ten Secrets of Reviewing Counsel for Clients in Mediation
Being a reviewing lawyer for a party in a mediation requires many skills. Surprisingly, only one of them is a knowledge of the law ...

The Cost of Divorce
As divorce mediators, we often hear the question "Why is it so expensive to get divorced?" ...

The Dilemma of Health Insurance after Divorce
The key to understanding the insurance dilemma facing divorced spouses is to look at long term solutions ...

The Division of Assets and Debts During a Divorce
Divorce mediation offers a unique perspective on the dissolution of a marriage and the division of marital assets. ...

The Enforcement of Mediation Agreements
Mediation is all of the rage in family court these days. However, in my professional opinion mediation ...

The Intersection of Divorce Law and Mediation
If you filed for divorce, can you still do mediation? If you go through divorce mediation, do you still need a lawyer? We commonly hear these questions from potential clients. And the answers, for the most part, are.. ...

The Truth About Divorce Mediation v. Litigation
The reality of a divorce court trial is that most litigants walk out of the courtroom feeling as if they have just been run over by a truck ...

Thinking of a Do It Yourself Divorce? Better Think Again
Go the DIY route and your agreement will have more holes in it than Swiss cheese. ...

What Do We Need In Order To Be Successful In Mediation?
The number one thing you need is for both of you to truly want to resolve everything in mediation, and to move forward. I have, so many times, ...

What if Your Lawyer-Driven Divorce Has Gotten Out of Hand
You've decided to divorce and ll the attorneys seem to do is fight and you're not getting any closer to being finished. ...

What is a "Surgical Divorce" and How to Get One?
Many of the people who come to see me about getting a divorce have minimal disputes with their soon-to-be former spouse. They may have worked out most (or even all) issues with their spouse. ...

What is a Marital Asset?
Divorce mediation allows you to divide up your marital assets according to your needs post-divorce. But what is a marital asset? ...

What is a Mediation Strategist?
For those individuals who want to mediate, but whose spouse refuses to participate in the process, there is an innovative solution - a mediation strategist ...

What is Mediation and how can it help you during your divorce?
Divorce Mediation is a non-adversarial and cost effective alternative to dispute resolution ...

What is the Best Way to Choose a Divorce Mediator?
Divorce Mediation is a simpler, cheaper, less contentious alternative to litigation ...

When Words go to Court
When mediators and family lawyers reduce their clients' understandings to writing, the words they choose ...

Why Add a Neutral Process Coach to a Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce combines several elements of the divorce process into an effective whole. The result is, in general, a divorce that is more closely tailored ...

Why I Love Divorce Mediation
Not every client getting divorced chooses mediation, but for those who do, the choice is almost always a wise one. ...

You Must Hear Some Crazy Stories
"You must hear some crazy stories." This is the comment I typically get when I tell someone I meet for the first time that I am a Divorce Mediator. ...


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